My close-ups seem to lose the feel of my subject. Any ideas?
Aby Abdul-Muid, United Arab Emirates
To set the picture in the best way I help myself with diagonals and medians. Here, my evil demon’s facial expression should be consistent with a malignant personality. So I paint him with furrowed brow, nose curled and clenched teeth. At this point, I proceed with the colours. Because cool colours appear more distant, I choose a blue-greyish colour for the background, and use a warmer colour for the skin of the character to make it stand out and bring it up to the viewer’s eyes.
To focus attention on the character I add more details on the face and leave other areas in the picture less defined. I choose a direct cold lighting with very strong shadows to better define the shape of the character, and introduce vibrancy with the contrast between light and shadow. I focus the brightest point near the eyebrows, cheekbone and nose. Finally, I choose red as the eye colour, to emphasise the evil features of the character.
I add a warm light from below, and some sparks as a final touch, suggesting the presence of fire that also gives movement to the portrait.
To add liveliness and dynamism I choose a top-down view, and I make the eyes coincide with the centre of the image, to focus attention on that point.